The volunteers will also remind the inhabitants of the informal Roma settlements about the necessary prevention measures to stop the COVID-19 spread, and distribute protective masks and brochures in the Romani language with summarized answers to the most important questions about the vaccination.
The campaign will last until June 25th, and the volunteers will visit the informal settlements in Aleksinac, Bela Palanka, Valjevo, Vranje, Zaječar, Kostolac, Kruševac, Lajkovac, Lebane, Niš, Niška banja, Novi Sad, Obrenovac, Osečina, Prokuplje, Čoka, and the Belgrade municipalities of Voždovac and Zvezdara.
Surveys from the civil sector and international organizations have shown that 25,000 Roma living in Serbia don’t have access to drinking water and can’t satisfy their basic hygienic needs, which is a health hazard that only turned more serious during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The activities were supported by the Government of the United Kingdom, as part of the project Support to the Republic of Serbia for Implementing an Effective and Efficient COVID-19 Immunization Plan. The Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment also supported the activities by providing the necessary infrastructure and equipment for vaccine registration during visits.
The campaign is also supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Human Rights Team, and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government.